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Rackspace Weekly Digest: February 14

Happy Valentine’s Day! This week, we spread the love with a look into how Glassdoor uses Cloud Intelligence and Performance Cloud Servers, the second part in our series on Cinder and a look at the gear Racker Kevin Jackson used to set up his home Rackspace Private Cloud and OpenStack lab. We also say goodbye to our retiring CEO. Here’s all the news and more, in the Rackspace weekly digest.

What’s New In Rackspace Hosted Exchange 2013
Rackspace Hosted Exchange 2013, which is now in general availability, adds a host of features that make dealing with email less of a hassle, while maintaining the capabilities that make it a breeze. And be sure to check out our 2013 year in review for Rackspace Email & Apps.

Inside My Home Rackspace Private Cloud, OpenStack Lab, Part 1: The Setup
Over the past year Racker Kevin Jackson has used a home lab for quick, hands-on testing of OpenStack and Rackspace Private Cloud. This post is about the tech involved and how it is set up.

Cloud Intelligence, Performance Cloud Servers Lead To Network I/O Boost
Cloud Intelligence helped Glassdoor pinpoint a network I/O issue in a NoSQL cluster, and moving that cluster to Performance Cloud Servers nearly doubled network performance.

Laying Cinder Block (Volumes) In OpenStack, Part 2: Solutions Design
Here, Racker Kenneth Hui reviews some reference architectures and design principles for building OpenStack Cinder solutions using both commodity-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware as well as third-party storage solutions. Also check out Part 1, which covers the basics of Cinder.

Next Generation Hadoop Platform Support At O’Reilly Strata 2014
At this year’s O’Reilly Strata event we showcased our support of the newest genesis of the Hortonworks Data Platform (2.0), a release that we believe represents a paradigm shift in the perception of what you can use Hadoop to accomplish.

Leading And Leaving
This week we also learned that Rackspace CEO Lanham Napier is retiring and Rackspace co-founder and executive chairman Graham Weston will step in to replace him while the board conducts a careful search for a long-term CEO.

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Andrew Hickey.

Andrew Hickey is chief blog editor at Rackspace, a role in which he helps Rackers, customers and partners tell their stories. Andrew comes to Rackspace following many years as a journalist, more than half of which were spent covering high tech and Rackspace. When not writing, Andrew enjoys spending time with his wife and his dog, and spinning punk rock vinyl. If you have an idea for the Rackspace Blog, track down Andrew at andrew.hickey@rackspace.com.


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